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Sreesanth thanks Smith for turnaround

CAPE TOWN: Sreesanth thanked South African captain Graeme Smith for his bowling turnaround, referring to the incident in Durban when the two exchanged words.

“Smith woke me up, thanks to him,” said Sreesanth. “I was a bit asleep in the series. He said to me that I wasn't good enough and I thought I was good enough to get him out and that's what happened.”

Sreesanth said breakthroughs on Monday morning were essential to India's quest for a maiden series win in South Africa. “If we get early wickets, then it will be good. We want to be humble in our process and be patient. There is not much pace but if you hit the right target there is a bit in the wicket. And the overhead conditions — I would like to take it with me around the world.”

Planned dismissal

Sreesanth said the dismissal of Hashim Amla was planned. “Even when he hit the six I was happy that he played the ball rather than leave it alone,” he said. “Maybe he was overconfident. That's good for us.”

Amla, when asked about the “words exchanged” before his fall, simply said, “There were no words exchanged. I didn't say anything back.”

Elaborating on his wicket, and his aggressive play after the second break, Amla said, “I had a couple of chocolates. I think it was the sugar high more than anything.

“No, to be honest, there were a few full balls that I could capitalise on and the momentum just went with me. I tried to keep the stroke to ground, but couldn't.” — Special Correspondent

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